Suzanne Archer

S u z a n n e   A r c h e r


Over the last few years, I have been looking back over my 50-year body of work, initially prompted by two exhibitions Suzanne Archer: The Alchemy of the Studio at Macquarie University Art Gallery in 2016 followed by Moving Forwards, Looking Back at Nicholas Thompson Gallery in 2016-17 and, most recently, during preparations for my Retrospective exhibition, Suzanne Archer: Song of the Cicada and the book of the same name.

I work thematically, and generally after a body of work is complete, I move on to a new subject. Most recently, I have been revisiting the subject of the Wedderburn (NSW) bushland environment that I had focussed on when I moved here in the 1987.

Born in Guildford, Surry, Suzanne Archer studied at Sutton School of Art, England (1962-64), arriving in Australia in 1965.

Archer’s first solo exhibition was at the Clune Galleries, Sydney, in 1969.

Her most recent solo exhibitions include, Suzanne Archer: Song of the Cicada (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2019); Suzanne Archer: The Whispering of Leaves: (Nicholas Thompson Gallery, 2018); Moving Forwards, Looking Back (Nicholas Thompson Gallery, 2016);The Alchemy of the Studio (Macquarie University Art Gallery, 2016), Anthology of Absurdity (Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney, 2013); Conversations with the Devil Woman (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2013) and Afterlife (Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2010).

Recent Group Exhibitions include The Dobell Drawing Prize #21 (National Art School Gallery, 2019); We are all Connected to Campbelltown (One Way or Another) (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2018); Raw Wedderburn (Delmar Gallery, 2018); Scrolls to Zines (Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney,2013);Tradition andTransformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition (Taichung Municipal Office, Taiwan, and Mosman Art Gallery Sydney, 2012-2013); From Paper (Beijing Art Space, 2012); and the Dobell Drawing Prize Exhibition (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2012).

Among Archer’s awards are the  EMSLA Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2018); Dobell Drawing Prize (2010); Kedumba Drawing Award (2010) the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1994); Fellowship, Visual Arts and Crafts Board, Australia Council (1993) and theArt Gallery of New South Wales Trustees’ Watercolour Prizeand John & Elizabeth Newham Pring Memorial Prize(1986). She was awarded Artist-in-Residence at the Greene Street Studio, New York, and the Power Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 1978-79.

Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.

A book about her life and work, Suzanne Archer: Song of the Cicada, will be launched by Nicholas Thompson Gallery at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September 2019.

Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2000, Suzanne Archer is based in Wedderburn, NSW.

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